|Publication Date||May 12, 2012|
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808 Excerpt: ... implies, that he conceived they had had divers mornings, in which they had diversified their devotions. I cannot tell how any one who will think reasonably upon the subject, can be satisfied wtth the shocking view of it which Dr. Burnet sets before us. But, as I before hinted, what misled him is obvious, namely, his disposition to represent Moses intimating, in his narration, that the works of God's infinite wisdom, displayed for six days together, by creating and forming a wonder c See Milton's Paradise Lost, b. v. &c. d Ibid. b. ix. Paradise Lost, b. v. ver. 145. ful system in the fabric of a world, were all ruined and undone by a low reptile, a serpent, in as few hours/ The reflection is so offensive, that if some strange perversion has not seized our hearts, we must hesitate and consider, whether what is thus said was indeed thus done: and hence we shall be easily led to remark, that the ruin which happened was not so absurdly precipitate as our author represents it. Our first parents went out daily to take care of their garden, and made their observations of the things which occured to them. They named the living creatures as they found opportunity to see and consider them. And upon the serpent's coming in their way, and being observed by them, he, in a human voice, spake unto Eve.g They were not now such novices, as not to have remarked, that no other creature could thus speak, which occasioned them to think, what is recorded, that the serpent was mare subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord had made.h Had the serpent's speaking to them happened early in the beginning of their life, before they had made observations of the other creatures, they would have had no notion of the serpent's being herein superior to other animals; for they mi...